August 21, 2023 – Joel Sowders successfully completed his Ph.D. journey in the Molecular Plant Sciences program.  His thesis, titled “Regulatory mechanisms of purinergic signaling in plant growth and defense,” speaks volumes about his dedication and expertise. Joel’s defense of his thesis was exceptional and commendable. Special thanks to his committee members, Drs. John Browse, Cynthia Gleason, and Andrei Smertenko.